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The most common sized bathroom is 8-by-5, but sometimes that just isn’t enough space. What can you to do optimize space and storage? Where should you place your restroom door, shower, bathtub or toilet? Should you move your plumbing around? These are all things you need to keep in mind while staying on budget.

Here are popular 8-by-5 bathroom layouts brought to you by Houzz’s Mitchell Parker and House Plans Helper’s Meg Escott.

 

Layout 1

Layout 1

This is the most popular layout for an 8-by-5. This layout is great for a large shower, which allows you to dry off in the shower and prevents you from dripping water on the floor. Because the sink is placed before the toilet, the door can not hit whoever is on the toilet. The large shower also allows for room for more storage space.

 

Layout 2

Layout 2

If your floor plan is already laid out with the toilet first and moving the plumbing around is not in your budget, you can optimize your space by opting for a pocket door. If you do decide to go with a pocket door, you will not want to skimp on the hardware. The tracks for the door can be a hassle to deal with, and the moisture from the bathroom can easily damage the hardware. Keep in mind that pocket doors do not insulate sound well.

 

Layout 3

Layout 3

This is Escott’s favorite layout. If the door is left open, house guests aren’t forced to look at a toilet but rather a nice looking vanity. The placement of the toilet also allows parents to sit on the tub while bathing a child or a pet.

 

Layout 4

Layout 4

This layout allows you to have both a shower and a tub, but isn’t ideal for a wet zone separation. You could also replace the tub with a double vanity. This layout is ideal for a guest or hall bathroom because it allows more storage.

 

Layout 5

Layout 5

This layout incorporates a shelf over the sink and toilet to add extra storage space.

 

Layout 6

Layout 6

Separating the toilet into its own water closet is an ideal layout for those couples with a busy morning routine. The separate rooms allow you to use the toilet in private while another person can shower. The only issue is that the water closet can end up feeling very small and closed off.

 

 

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